These barrels work well on both Bb and A clarinets. Many musicians are able to use the same barrel on both instruments, with or without tuning rings - an extra perk for the orchestral musician.
Generally, choose the same length barrel that you are currently using on your set-up. If you are very sharp and tend to pull the barrel out more than a millimeter, consider a longer barrel or purchasing tuning rings.
Barrels fit most brands of clarinets with standard tenon diameters (Buffet, Yamaha, etc). There are exceptions for instruments with non-standard tenon diameters. Please feel free to send us an email if you are unsure about the compatibility of your clarinet.
NOTE: Due to the length of the wood aging process and demand for certain sizes, there may be short periods of time where some barrels are not in stock. Please check back frequently for updates on any products not in stock.
I have a focus barrel since last august, I play with a brand new Buffet RC and this barel, waw, wonderfull
Thank you Langis! I'm glad to hear the Focus barrel works well for you on the Buffet RC!
The Focus is an excellent barrel. It helps to enrich the tone quality while improving the basic intonation. Besides this Focus 65mm barrel, I also have the Focus 66mm. I recently ordered a Focus 67mm synthetic for a new instrument that plays quite sharp. I also have the Royal Polaris adjustable barrel. I am very pleased with these barrels.
Thank you for the great review and honest feedback! We greatly appreciate your continued support.
The Focus Barrel gives the instrument that special ring. You can really feel it on open G, an even resonance. The pitch between overtones seems to line up with much less effort, so the registers are more in tune internally. The altissimo above D is a pleasure to play. Very stable, melodic, well voiced. The barrel also helps make articulation more consistent across the registers, with just the right level of resistance. It takes a lot of knowledge to make a barrel that plays this way. A good 65 is hard to find so Iâm very happy!
I have used this Focus barrel (66mm) on my Uebel Superior and my Buffet R13, with a Vandoren M30 D mouthpiece and Vandoren 56 3.5+ reeds. Sound quality and intonation are excellent with this barrel. Very pleased with this product.